Last week was a celebration of Mexican culture with Day of the Dead, which started Tuesday October 31st and lasted to Thursday November 2nd. Day of the Dead is a special Mexican tradition to honor their ancestors.
Cesar Viveros, an artist affiliated with the Mexican Cultural Center talked about why different aspects of the holiday are important. He shared a few words about the festive holiday:
“So the big tradition is Day of the Day is a special day where we can always live with the departed ones.”
Saturday October 28th, the Mexican Culture Center partnered with the Penn Museum where they coordinated a Day of the Dead event filled with a variety of activities.
People from the community had the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and the way they celebrate their ancestors through music, dance, jewelry and art.
Cesar Viveros said, “This year was dedicated to the victims of the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico and the earthquake that devastated part of Mexico City and other cities around,” sharing the importance of the alter and what it represents.
Children were dressed up to be part of the day of the dead to commemorate their ancestors. They also made gifts such as flowers, sugar skulls and jewelry to present at the altar.
Temple students took the initiative to engage with the community, volunteering for the Mexican cultural center, assisting at the face-painting table.
Meztli Cardoso, the President of Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos (AdEL) was face-painting while describing its significance. “The living dress up as the dead to connect with the spiritual after-world life.”
This event was a combination of fun and knowledge. Happy day of the dead.